1. What is a Deed Poll?
A Deed Poll is a legal
document that concerns one person and it is only signed
by that person. A Deed Poll binds the signatory from the date
of signing it.
Today, Deed Polls have only one generally accepted meaning,
that is, a change
of name. They are more correctly known as a Deed of Change of
Name. A Deed Poll for a change of name contains three
declarations and by signing the
Deed Poll you are committing yourself to:
Stop the use of your former name;
using your new name only;
everyone to address you by your new name.
With a Deed Poll, you can change your surname, add names, remove
names or rearrange your existing names. You can change your
name at any time.
note that a Deed Poll cannot be used to get your birth
certificate changed to your new name.
Who can apply for a Deed Poll?
You can apply for a Deed Poll
if you are a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent
To change your own name
by Deed Poll, you must be at least 21 years of age. If
you are under 21 years of age, one of your parents can apply
for a Deed Poll on your behalf.
Are there any restrictions on names?
Please note, we will not accept an order for a Deed Poll that
includes a name that we consider vulgar, offensive or unsuitable,
may result in others believing you have a conferred or inherited
honour or title, for example, a change of first name to Datuk,
Datin, Tan Sri, Tun, Sir, Lord, Lady, Baron, Baroness, Count,
Earl, Countess, Duke or Duchess.
Other than the above restrictions, you can change your forenames,
surname (or both), add names, remove names or rearrange your
existing names. You can change your name at any time and for
4. Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
Yes, at the NRIC office.
5. Why do people change their
Here are the most
popular reasons for people changing their name by Deed
Poll in Singapore:
1. To add on a Christian or
western name to one’s NRIC.
2. People who simply hate their
3. Transsexuals who wish to
change their name after a sex change.
4. Artistes who want to change
5. Feng shui or good luck reasons.
6. Are your Deed Polls accepted
by the Singapore NRIC office?
A: Yes, our Deed Polls are accepted by the Singapore NRIC
7. How much does it cost to
change my name?
A: Our fee for one DeedPoll pack is $95.00.
8. Are there any other fees
payable after I pay for my Deed Poll?
A: Yes, the only other expense you will have is the cost
of getting your
NRIC reissued in your new name at the NRIC office. Their charge
9. Do I need to inform everyone
that my name has changed?
A: Yes you do. A non-exhaustive list of government departments,
and organisations that you need to notify is included in your
10. Do I need to inform them
A: Yes. We will provide you a sample letter for your use
in your DeedPoll pack.